Get a grant of probate or letters of administration
Apply for a grant of probate or letters of administration within 6 months of the death, unless there is a reasonable explanation for the delay.
You will usually need to get a grant of probate before you administer the will.
Probate is a court order made by the Supreme Court of NSW which:
- confirms that the will is valid
- permits the executor to distribute the estate as described in the will
Find out when you need a grant of probate.
If it’s required, you'll need to have a list of all assets before you submit your application.
Property cannot be distributed until you are granted probate. Learn more about applying for a grant of probate.
You’ll need to follow a different process if there was no valid will or if there were no executors named or able to act. This is known as applying for letters of administration.